Seamus Powell on the XCE Short Track

There has been an itch developing over the past few year. The kind of itch that you get on your back and have your significant other or best friend scratch the hell out of it  only to find its moved places… “a little to the left…!!! Yeah yeah yeah… that’s the spot!!”
Well that has been XC racing for me. Not only local or national level XC but World Cup Level XC!! This year marks 6 years since I last lined up at a World Cup XC race. I was nothing to write home about when I left the XC circuit but I could hold my own at times.
Enduro and Downhill have scratched the competitive itch for many years but I had it in the back of my head I would race at the highest level XC again. Over the winter my coach recommended that I try out a XC Eliminator race. Eliminators are high intensity technical sprint races, based in city centers and raced in heats of 4 riders over a 2 minute track with the top 2 riders of each heat advancing to the next round…. SOLD ! Better yet the UCI World Cup XCE series opener was ONLY a short 18 hour drive in Columbus, Georgia.
After the Sea Otter Classic in April I went into a 5 week training block before the race on June 3. Two workouts a day and riding my KHS Team 29er Hard Tail, my weapon of choice for the race while also reacquainting myself with a bike that has no suspension per say of other than a mere 3 inches in the front. I didn’t take long…
The race day rolled around fast. All tuned up physically and mentally I loaded up and made the trip to my first UCI World Cup in 6 years. Slightly nervous but incredibly determined I went to the race venue Saturday to walk the track and start to plan my strategy for Sundays race. Wood features, berms, dirt jumps and tight corners on pavement, were all elements that made up the track. I left the venue Saturday seeing the technicality of the event with a renewed feeling of security knowing that I have all the elements to do just fine as long as I can execute my race strategy correctly…Which pretty much consisted of getting the “hole shot” and blocking the rest of the riders from passing and advance to the next round. Easier said than done…
Sundays racing started off with an individual time trial to place the brackets for the eliminator race. one lap as hard as you can go to determine your placements. Sprinting my way around the course I seated myself in 7th place and was in the 3rd bracket in the first heat. Unfortunately  for me I had a poor start and was battling over the two lap heat to solidify myself into that 1st or 2nd place position to advance but was just edged out by half a bike length in the final sprint and did not make it to the next round.
Luckily for me I had a second chance to race on the same day for the UCI Short track. 20 min of pain on the same track we raced for the XCE. I had a great start and was with the lead group for much of the first half of the race but a crash in front of me required a ton of effort to make contact again with the shattered lead pack. A dropped chain 1 lap later didn’t help the matters and left me in no mans land and suffering all by myself all the way to the finish.
I finished 9th in the XCE and 8th in the Short Track respectably as the top American at the event. Initially I was really disappointed but realize that everyone I’m racing against does this style of racing all the time. I trained  hard to be in the mix, I didn’t get shelled off the back and I had some fun with it.   Showing up is half the battle and being competitive is the second half. I checked both those boxes and that itch I referred to earlier just moved…
“Keep evolving” is my saying for this race season. i’ll be back for more of this style of racing but for now back to work on the enduro bike as I head toward my biggest goal of the year defending my National Championship title.

Elevate-KHS #1 Ranked Team in the Country

Photo Credit: Danny Munson

After a stellar weekend of racing in Oklahoma and Virginia, USA Cycling released the updated Pro Road Tour team and individual rider rankings. For the first time in the programs history, the Elevate-KHS Pro Cycling Team is ranked #1 in the team rankings, ahead of United HealthCare Pro Cycling Team, Holowesko Citadel P/B Arapahoe, Hagens Berman Axeon, and Rally Cycling.

With standout performances from a number of team riders, Elevate-KHS also has four athletes placed in the top 11 in the individual rankings. Sam Bassetti is 3rd overall, with Alfredo Rodriguez 6th, James Piccoli 9th and Scott Law 11th.

Team Rankings: https://bit.ly/2vOCAXL

Individual Rider Rankings: https://bit.ly/2MlLtfo

PezCycling Article on PRT Rankings and Elevate-KHS rise to the top: https://bit.ly/2l6cUNR

Thank you to our partners, fans and support network for helping the team achieve these rankings. The team is ready to tackle the rest of the season in earnest and we appreciate all the support along the way!

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Tulsa Tough- Blue Dome Crit

The Saint Francis Tulsa Tough race is one of the best races in the country. Check out the Elevate KHS Pro Cycling team smash the first stage from this past weekends race. We will post stage two tomorrow and stage on Thursday, stay tuned!

Yackle Brothers Tackle the Missoula PROXCT/UCI Juniors Series

Over the weekend, Yackle Brothers Racing competed in 4 races: the Elite/Pro/Open STXC, the UCI Junior Series XCO, the 15-18 Junior STXC and the 15-16 Junior XC. We are happy to share that Yackle Brothers Racing stood tall at the end of the weekend with 3 podiums and an 8th in the Elite/Pro STXC!

Though both Nye (a 4th and a 3rd) and Jake performance was most impressive. Jake finished a close 2nd place, just 9 seconds behind the overall winner. Jake handily beat 35 of the 37 Nation’s best 17-18 year-olds. Jake led nearly the entire race, and won the critical sprint battle (1.5 minutes) for the final Singletrack descent. However, after a collision with that knocked Jake off course, he was forced to remount and bring his bike back on course. He descended hard, full gas, and closed the gap in a huge 2 minute effort. This unfortunately left him tapped for the impending sprint but we’re happy to report that he came in a very close 2nd! We are confident that Jake’s next Junior XCO Race at USA Cycling MTB Nationals will be one to watch.

Weekend Preview: Tulsa Tough & Armed Forces Classic

The Elevate-KHS Pro Cycling Team has a great weekend of racing ahead. Splitting the quad between Oklahoma and Virginia, the riders will toe the line at Tulsa Tough and the Armed Forces Cycling Classic. Both events provide ample opportunities to watch the races live as the action unfolds.

Tulsa Tough has been a staple event for the program since 2011. With a strong roster including 2017 overall winner and 2nd overall winner Scott Law and Alfredo Rodriguez, as well as recent Winston-Salem champion Sam Bassetti, the team is poised for three fantastic days of racing.

Roster:

Gavin Hoover

Scott Law

Kevin Girkins

Sam Bassetti

Alfredo Rodriguez

Nick Torraca

Race Schedule:

Friday June 8th: Brady District Criterium 8:50PM Race CST

Saturday June 9th: Arts District Criterium 7:55PM Race CST

Sunday June 10th: River Parks (Cry Baby Hill) Criterium 4:35PM CST

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This is the first opportunity the team has had to race the Armed Forces Cycling Classic in Virginia. Being our debut at the event, we are confident in our strong 5 man squad to tackle the 2 day event.

Roster:

James Piccoli

Eder Frayre

Cory Williams

George Simpson

Jordan Cheyne

Race Schedule:

Saturday June 9th: Clarendon Cup 12:00PM EST

Sunday June 10th: Crystal Cup  12:45PM EST

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For a video highlighting the event, watch HERE

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